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Media Release

Published: 9 July 2020

Prioritise needs of employers in review of education and training system

 AMCA Submission to Skills for Victoria's Growing Economy review

Last week, the AMCA lodged a formal submission in response to the Skills for Victoria’s Growing Economy issues paper. 

Chaired by former Federal Minister, Jenny Macklin, the review poses questions on a wide range of issues, with each framed around the perspectives of key stakeholders: students and providers, industry and unions, government and society.

Executive Director of AMCA Victoria, Sumit Oberoi, encouraged government to place the needs of employers at the very heart of Victoria’s training and education system.

“As the title of the review suggests, the training and education system must prioritise the skills needed for our growing economy.” 

“Not only are employers in a unique position to identify these skills needs,” said Mr Oberoi, “but, outside of the individuals themselves, employers are also the most influential stakeholder in the career development of employees.”

This is especially the case in industries such as Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), where so much of the learning and training is acquired on the job and under the mentorship of the employer.

“An effective and sustainable system must recognise the pivotal role of employers by providing incentives and removing impediments that will make it easier for employers to invest in the training of staff.”

The submission also encouraged government to better support industry associations and training providers who invest in meaningful, long-term strategic partnerships. 

“Thanks to the support of our members, the AMCA has an excellent story to tell with respect to our partnerships with Box Hill Institute and Holmesglen Institute.”

“Not only have these relationships resulted in the development of state-of-the-art training facilities, but they have yielded a wide range of improvements: from pre-apprenticeship and post-trade programs, to improvements in curriculum and teacher training”. 

“It is through these relationships that the greatest training outcomes are achieved, and they should be encouraged and supported further.” 


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